Membership: Storm Rider
Apparent Age: 70+
Archetype: Cybered Gunslinger Adept: Circle Unknown (Eat a bullet and save him the time!!!)
Preferred Weapon: Storm Rider/Jamestown Hell Forged Death Dealer Classic Revolver Mach 7 (Highly Modified)
Bio: Dr. Finesilver here is another tragic story of the FIP and how it used and abused it’s members, with many simply ending their own lives to cease the suffering and silence the demons. Others ended up addicted to drugs, and alcohol while a few tossed themselves head first into their work and family in hopes to quell the beast within. Though in many cases the demons would overcome even the most determined and through their pain and anger the nation would be forced to endure their wrath. Those within the FIP are normally found deep within the rebellion and are the first to draw their pistols, or swing with a clenched fist at anyone that dares to question freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness….now I honestly don’t blame these men, they have sacrificed and been sacrificed in the name of Democracy, Liberty and Freedom; they might simply be living on the edge but for the FIP that’s all they have left, they suffered and died for all of us to remain free and what have we done but spit in their face’s.
Now for the tale of Dr. Sherman Finesilver’s long lost brother that really hasn’t been all that lost, Francis here works within the Storm Riders and has been for quite sometime. How we are just learning of this man is simple, once his FIP records went public so did the knowledge that Francis still lives and he has shed his beaten and battered self to emerge a new man. The Storm Riders call him Godzilla do to his fondness for the movie series, though I fell it fits more the sidearm he carries and the sheer violent nature of this man.
Though before I tell you about the beast known as Godzilla or as he is also known Prime, we must first go back a long way in time. Francis here would join the FIP program only a few years after his big brother would and end up deep within the Civil War unknowingly fighting within the same company as his brother. Francis would join the US Calvary on March 15th, 1862 and he would end up forgotten and forsaken by the turn of the century and become just another brick in the wall. Francis would end up gravely wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg yet do to the extreme nature of the FIP serum and some daring doctors Prime here would survive his injuries and rise once again to fight for the Union. His injuries are far to graphic and great for me to list here, I understand the morbid curiosity that the FIP bring forth; though out of respect to the soldiers and their families I won’t force them to relive these painful memories.
Francis here would serve voluntary from 1860 – 1900 and from 1900 – 2010 conscripted within the US Military, he would eventually be so severely injured during the War in Iraq in 2010 that he would be forced to retire and leave the military life behind. One can say that if he was forced than he should have been rejoiced to leave the service, well sadly for many of the FIP this was a fate worse than death. For many they had become so indoctrinated into the military life that it was all they knew and understood. They had become true slaves to there masters in Washington DC and the thought of forced retirement was terrifying, they would rather die a soldiers death than walk in the shoes of a civilian. For many they had heard the stories of those that retired and how they suffered greatly and how they would normally dress themselves up in their dress uniform, put the rope around their own neck and step off the chair for their final drop.
This mixed with the decades or more for some of active service, war and deployment they simply couldn’t fathom life outside the military. Now life inside was no picnic and for Francis this rings true, they would be abused, experimented on and neglected while stateside or out of a war or conflict. Once the fighting started the FIP would be the first to be deployed and thrust into the maw of hell, their wounds poorly cared for, their lives sacrificed and their minds shattered from what they saw. The life of an FIP soldier was one of hell and they travelled that road every single day, for many this simply shattered their will and kept them complacent while others bucked the system to enforce change and bring an end to the program.
Francis here would be one of those that lived in fear of the thought of leaving the military and entering the civilian world. While others like Rutherford, Truman, Hilliard, Belmont, W. Palpatine, R. Jamestown, and Barton Sr would make waves along with others like the Little Brothers, and McCain thousands of other FIP soldiers simply fell in line and became shells of their former selves. Prime here would be abused, forced to endure the worst treatments and thrust back into the lions den time and time again. He would work as a Drill Instructor during his off time….aka peace time, and simply pray for a quick and painless death in battle. He didn’t want to be forced to endure the pain and suffering of his injuries and the thought of a civilian life was haunting him; he watched what happened to his brother and many of his friends within the program after they were forced into the civilian world.
So on June 6th 2010 during an engagement in Iraq Francis’s would begin his life as a civilian after suffering grave injures as he was far to beaten down to be cleared for active duty and in a flash his usefulness to the US Army was over and he had been forever benched. Francis reports that as he laid in the hospital bed, he was told the news from a attending doctor that he would be discharged from the military shortly; Francis simply asked the doctor to kill him and spare him the torment of civilian life. Needless to say Francis didn’t get his wish on that day, and he simply would be unable to take his own life; though not for the lack of trying, Francis reports he would attempt suicide numerous times and each time would end the same way….by happenstance someone would show up to stop him or get his limp body to medical treatment.
Eventually Francis would undergo treatment for his suicidal thoughts and actions, though his addictions would be another outlet for him and as the pain coursed through his mind and body he would further self medicate and this would lead to further suicidal thoughts. Sadly the doctors missed this part and it would take Francis being locked up for ten years for Vehicular Manslaughter when he would take the life of the Jones family when he slammed into there minivan head on while driving drunk. Francis would enter the darkest days of his life after the accident where he took the life of multiple innocent victims including their three children; he would be arrested at the scene of the accident where he would be locked up without bail, when the police arrived on the scene Francis was aimlessly wondering around unaware of his own injuries let alone the damage he just caused. Once he was at the hospital and tested Francis was well over double the legal limit and stunk of a distillery, he was also found to be high on Heroin, LSD, Marijuana, and Opium…..how he was still standing and not out like a lite is a mystery to all involved. Francis was in the midst of a 96 hour bender where he simply snorted, smoked, shot up and drank anything that as he testified to would “Silence the Demons” he would need to spend six months in the hospital recovering from his injuries and detoxing.
While in the hospital recovering Francis would not be able to handle the withdrawals and end up solving one addiction with another, as he would be given morphine and other opium based medications to help him deal with the extreme pain from the accident. Francis suffered two broken legs, a broken collarbone, fractured ribs, ankle and wrist as well as severe spinal and neck damage and multiple lacerations. He would spend his time restrained to the bed and facing serious charges, Francis was facing the death penalty for his crime and in this reporters opinion he should have been hanged, though this was exactly the fate that Francis was looking for as he was willing to plead guilty if the prosecutor would simply have him executed.
Francis’s suicidal nature was becoming his downfall and he simply wanted to die to silence the demons and ease his pain, his attorneys would not allow Francis to commit suicide by jury and thanks to a loophole in the system he was able to plead guilty to the Vehicular Manslaughter and was sentenced to twenty years; where he would serve ten years in prison and ten on parole if he showed remorse, good behaviour and entered a Drug and Alcohol recovery program while inside. Well for Francis he would go from the Hospital to serving hard time at Indian River Prison deep in Florida. Francis was also rendered bankrupt from the civil lawsuits from his victims family; and he wasn’t done dealing with the actions caused from his bender. Francis would go onto the be convicted of Armed Robbery, Assault and Battery, Assaulting a Police Officer, Reckless Endangerment, and Class One Weapons Possession. He would end up spending Forty Years behind bars, Francis was locked up in 2010 and would not see the outside world again till 2050; he would still end up on probation for another decade and living in hell.
While locked up Francis would turn his life around and become a model prisoner, he would eventually clean himself up and join the recovery programs that he still involves himself in today. He would earn his college degree and even earn multiple advanced degrees in various studies. Though for Francis prison simply broke him down and the loss of his freedom would end having dire consequences in the end as he would suffer abuse by the guards, and other prisoners; he would have good time removed when he needed to stand his ground and fight the other prisoners for his Bob Barker soap. He would become the target of many rapes, have his teeth knocked out of his head, beaten to a pulp many times and spend countless years in solitary, Francis might have been a model prisoner but he was not without his issues.
So come 2050 when he would be released from Indian River and unleashed into the free world he would not understand how to survive as a free man. He once again had become institutionalised, and simply picking his own clothing was terrifying not to mention having to schedule his own life; Francis didn’t understand the technology of the time, the entire world was alien to him and the nightmares of the FIP Program still haunted him. Francis initially rejected the aid of his older brother Sherman and refused to allow him to help him in anyway, as Francis felt that he was an embarrassment to the Finesilver name. He would go to work in a grocery store bagging groceries and for a man with four doctorate degrees including a medical degree in psychology and a legal degree to his name, he simply went on day by day though his brother wouldn’t take no for an answer and continued to call and show up at his brothers small flat simply to be there for his troubled brother.
Well one thing stood true about Francis was that he was not off the bottle nor the drugs, even though he held two 30 years coins from his programs he continued to drown his demons in the substances. Sherman’s persistence would end up saving Francis’s life come 2053 when Sherman would enter his brothers flat to find it trashed, empty whiskey and wine bottles littered the floor, the place stunk of old beer, cigarettes, cigars, weed, and meth. Drug paraphernalia littered the flat and Francis was found in a near death like state swinging from the rafters as he had attempted to hang himself once again, the stool was flipped over and there was Francis dressed in his court dress hanging from the beam with his toes pointed to the ground and slowly swaying from side to side.
Sherman had arrived in the nick of time and was able to undo the noose and lower his brother to the floor, with only a shallow heartbeat Sherman pushed through the emotional break and went to work on his brother only stopping to dial 911 and than back to CPR. Sherman he felt as if he had failed his brother and he would never quit trying to resuscitate his only brother even though his instincts stated that Francis was gone, Sherman fought through and pressed on till the medics arrived and transported Francis to Seattle Mercy where he would end up surviving but fall into a deep coma and need life support to breath for him and keep his heart beating.
Sherman simply couldn’t pull the plug on his brother and drained his savings to pay for the treatment, even Sherman’s dearest friends where telling him to cut the cord; for Francis is gone and it’s just a shell that remains. Medical Science stated that he was brain dead and would never wake up, though Sherman disregarded the words of Dr. Gravel, Dr. Apples, Dr. Cortland, Dr. B Palpatine, Dr. Hilliard and Dr. Belmont and forge on as if his brother was going to recover. Well from the fall of 2053 till the winter of 2069 Francis clung onto to life within a coma and even with Sherman’s faith and vigil care over Francis, his scientific mind and reason was kicking in and he couldn’t afford to keep Francis on life support any longer. So come December 31st 2069 Sherman signed the papers to have his brothers life support turned off, Sherman was destroyed as he put pen to paper and he entered the room with the Chief of Medicine Dr. Wilbur Gravel and retired chaplain Father Bookman to allow Francis to pass away peacefully as the machine was turned off. Francis’s breathing machine was turned off at 11: 59 PM on the 31st as tears filled Sherman’s eyes and he simply broke down allowing the nearly twenty years of emotional build up to become unleashed as Sherman simply hugged his brother as he was dying.
As the heart monitors where slowing and death was creeping in, the doctors removed the breathing tube and come midnight of 2070 Francis would flat line and take his final breath…..well thats what everyone thought. Finesilver was preparing himself to bury his brother when just before Dr. Gravel would call for time of death at 12:02 AM Francis would gasp for air and his eyes would open. The scene changed from one of sorrow to one of panic as now they needed to try to save Francis yet again. The emotional roller coaster for Sherman was out of control and yet his brother wasn’t out of the woods yet; the medical staff would jump into action and come sunrise on the 1st of 2070 Francis would fully awake and gingerly take Sherman’s hand who was sitting vigil at his bedside. Francis’s first words in nearly two decades where “Thank You” this broke Sherman down and he collapsed crying into his brothers hand.
Francis is a medical miracle and proof that one shouldn’t simply give up on another when the darkness of sleep comes knocking, as Francis would make a full recovery and walk out of the hospital on his own power three years later. Francis would emerge from Seattle Mercy on December 24th 2073, though for Francis this would bring him straight into another war as the Battle of Seattle had only recently been fought and another was on the horizon. Francis would find himself once again lost in the new world as his memories were simply outdated and he truly felt alien, though this time Sherman would make sure that Francis was taken care off and would help his brother in the history and technology, he took care of his brother till late in 2074 when Francis would simply ask to once again help in the cause and fight alongside the Storm Riders.
Sherman fearing loosing his brother again would try to convince Francis to pick a safer line of work and one that would keep him away from his addictions, though Francis was determined to do his part and one thing about a Finesilver is they are as stubborn as they come and Francis was no exception to the rule. So come October 16th 2074 Francis would join the Storm Riders and Brotherhood of Mercenaries Son’s of Odin division where he would receive updated training and put into action. Francis now fully recovered and sober has begun a new life and one that he knows is a uphill battle but for Francis this is a redo and a chance to repay society for his crimes.
He might be a gunslinger and a trained solider, but Francis has become more of a champion for the downtrodden and one that lends his aid to those in need and about to fall through the cracks. He works as a attorney for veterans and offers therapy sessions for those with addiction and PTSD issues, he wants to help those before they become lost in the system. He still suffers from the demons and nightmares from his days in the FIP and Prison but for Prime they are now scars to remind him of the good work he is doing versus being a crutch for his addictions. This man has suffered greatly at the hands of the FIP Program and has now become one of the loudest voices for change. His clinic would open it’s doors on January 20th 2075 where he helps the FIP veterans, UCAS veterans and those that suffer from deep rooted PTSD and Addiction issues. He takes no payment and relies on donations and government funding to stay afloat but for Francis this has become a labour of love and a way for him to repay his debt and help those from succumbing to suicide.
Now this man might have a good heart and medical miracle, but he is also a Storm Rider and Son of Odin so don’t be fooled, his sidearm is dangerous and he is a man that has already been to prison so he doesn’t fear returning. He is a staunch defender of the down trodden and will take up arms to defend those that can no longer defend themselves, he is being financed through donations yet being outfitted through the Storm Riders so be warned this is no push over, Prime is still an FIP solider and suffered greatly, though like all FIP he is more than capable in battle and is never without his trusty iron.
Francis as well works with the Jamestowns and has been gifted a highly modified blend of Storm Rider Technology with Jamestown Technology in the shape of an Outlaws Five revolver; this is the gun he keeps on his belt and again he is a gunslinger adept with gunner adept cross training so again be warned. Prime might have a soft heart but he is more than willing to take a life if needed, and his skills are spot on as if he hasn’t missed a beat throughout his forty years in prison and twenty years in the hospital. So on one end Prime is a compassionate foundation chairman and president for the “Finesilver Recovery Centre” and on the flip side he is a trained mercenary with a itchy trigger finger that fights everyday to control his demons and stay sober……God help us all if he ever relapses.
Page Written By: Malcolm Drudge Pennsylvania Ledger